1. Mayor London Breed announced plans to close 41 permanent treatment beds for mental health patients in exchange for a shelter-bed expansion at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Many, including hospital staff, patients and some city leaders, said they were “blindsided” by Breed’s plan and vowed to fight cuts to the Adult Residential Facility (ARF), which provides a total of 55 permanent residential mental health beds. Breed plans to instead add 14 beds to the hospital’s Hummingbird Place, a short-term psychiatric respite program that currently operates 29 beds.
“We have a crisis of people suffering from mental health and addiction issues on our street, and the innovative model at Hummingbird Place has been successful in providing people with the care they need,” said a Breed spokesperson. However, mental health and homeless advocates argue that the ARF and Hummingbird Place beds serve very different populations. “Where are people going to go?” asked District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. - SF EXAMINER